We're looking for a community researcher to support a six-month project called 'Going nowhere fast?'. The project will explore the root causes of structural racism in Birmingham.
This is a short-term role with the opportunity for extension. The purpose of the role is to connect with local community and voluntary sector groups and other individuals to discuss their perceptions of the root causes of racial inequality in Birmingham and how this shows up in their lives, work, and communities.
The postholder would work collaboratively with brap and The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS) to gather findings which would help organisations who aspire to eradicate race inequality. In particular, we hope to support these organisations to understand how some of their efforts may continue to reinforce structural racism and where there are opportunities to disrupt this. This work intends to go beyond the usual action plans and revisions to policy that organisations often produce in the name of promoting race equality. We hope to amplify the voices and experiences of those at the chalk-face who often have to deal with the ineffective efforts of the ‘system’ in our city.
Key features of the role will include the following (supported by brap/TAWS colleagues):
Identifying groups/individuals who may want to speak to share their views and experiences
Being able to communicate the project and its ambitions in terms which can be understood
Undertaking outreach and engagement with local community groups/voluntary organisations/individuals who are interested in sharing their perspectives
Capturing information that people share (this could be via audio, video, pictorial or written format)
Providing opportunities for people to stay connected with the project
Analyzing what local groups and individuals think and feel about the structural causes of racism and sharing this through written/video output
Passionate about racial justice
Understand how to undertake outreach and community engagement
Able to work equitably with communities (recognising how to build supportive relationships that aren’t extractive)
Organised enough to capture data accurately and to collate and share it
Able to operate within data protection guidelines
Able to listen and communicate effectively
Able to build networks and maintain relationships with a range of organisations and individuals
six-month project, fixed-term contract
three days a week
salary: £35k pro rata (21 hours per week)
Outreach and engagement activity: April to June 2023
Collating and analyzing findings: June to August 2023
To apply for this role, please send a CV and cover letter (max 2 pages) outlining why you find the role interesting and how you meet the person specification. Send completed applications to to Asif Afridi (Deputy CEO, brap) at email@example.com.
Please email any queries or questions to the same address.
Deadline for applications is 5pm 21 April 2023.